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Dr J B Williams BA (Hons) MSc PhD PGCertHE FHEA

Senior Lecturer in Therapeutic Arts (Music)
BM302, Britannia Mill
University of Derby
DE22 3BL
[email protected] 


The Musicology Research Team comprises both early-career music scholars and academics, and young professionals, all in/from a range of music-based fields, disciplines, practices and backgrounds.

James is a Senior Lecturer in Therapeutic Arts (Music) at the University of Derby where he teaches musicology, composition, improvisation and performance. He previously lectured in Music Composition for four years at the University of Hertfordshire.

James studied music at the University of Bristol and at the University of Edinburgh before moving to the University of Wolverhampton to read for a doctorate funded by a Dean's scholarship award. James's research interests focus on an anthropology of music, investigating the behavioural, social, creative and collaborative processes behind music. His research rests on ethnomusicological methodologies and socio-cultural modes of music analysis, exploring notational, improvisational, and electronic/electroacoustic technological practices in music. Since his PhD, James has embarked on a new research project exploring an ethnomusicology of online music-based social media: themes include virals, memes, politics and online behaviour/culture.
Dr James Williams
Principal Editor​​
Sarah is currently finalising her PhD at the University of Leeds, having previously studied in music at Durham University and the University of Edinburgh. Her doctoral research is part of a wider AHRC-funded project investigating the recently donated film and television music archives of Trevor Jones. Her thesis focuses on Jones's television music, exploring how his musical and industrial scoring practices differ across multiple industries, technologies and television programme types. She is particularly interested in how different types of television programme affect the composition process (such as mini-series, series and made-for-television films), and how these unique donated archival materials (both audio and textual) can inform this research.

Sarah also teaches part-time at the University of Leeds.
Dr Sarah Hall
Associate Editor
Editorial Board
Dr Caroline Waddington-Jones
Dr Samuel Horlor


Dr Stephen Wilford
Rosario Mawby
Dr Emma Sharpe
Dr Kingsley Marshall
Dr Gemma Collard-Stokes
Sarah Mawby

Dr Yoon Irons
Dr Lucy Ann Harrison
Lucy completed her PhD in Composition at Royal Holloway, having previously read at Durham University. Her research investigates new techniques for audience engagement through interactive sound art. Lucy's practice focuses on the use of new technology and electronics, and through this she creates interactive installations, sound for theatre and standalone soundscapes. Her approach to sound is influenced by the work of Delia Derbyshire and the BBC Radiophonic Workshop, Stockhausen and Trevor Wishart. Recent work includes ‘Let’s Build a Fort!’, in East London and a motion sensitive sound installation for Girlguiding’s 2014 World Thinking Day event at Alexandra Palace.
Vincent Webb
Vince is a composer and sound designer who brings his classical training to a variety of modern media. He recently composed the score for Esper 2, a virtual reality game featuring Nick Frost. In advertising he has composed for many household brands including Disney, Lynx, and The National Lottery. In TV, his music regularly appears on flagship network programmes such as 'Top Gear' and 'The Jeremy Kyle Show'. He wrote the title theme for BT Sport's regular, 'Last Week, This Week' and the closing credits theme for 'Stephen Fry: Gadgetman' (Sprout Pictures).
Dr Daniel Wilson
Daniel is a composer and musicologist based in Cambridge. He received his PhD from the University of Leeds in 2014 which discussed the relationship between noise and being through the thinking of Alain Badiou. His writing focuses on the noise musics of Japan and the UK, though he also writes about contemporary music and is currently working on a piece about the music of Klaus Lang. He is particularly interested in writings on the aesthetics of music since 1980. Daniel is also an active composer. His music has been performed in the UK, Europe, and the US. A new work for bass koto will be premiered in Japan in 2016.
Jamie Wilson
Jamie is an active composer and performer with particular specialisms in orchestration and arrangement. Additionally Jamie is a professional with many years experience in contemporary film scoring and popular culture music  arrangements. Jamie arranges string sections for bands for multiple recording studios, and also has several credits for short films, commercials and animations. These include commissions on an international scale for independent film studios and retailers. He also has multiple commissions annually for concert works from various ensembles, orchestras, and quartets. Jamie performs a variety of repertoire for cello and saxophone, and has over a decade's worth of commercial and  record label music industry experience. 
Dr Alannah Halay
Alannah read for a PhD in Composition at the University of Leeds. Her research investigates the concept of the ‘avant garde’ in Western Art Music and whether it is capable of ‘going beyond’ itself in the current epoch. As well as performing her own music as a multi-instrumentalist and improviser, Alannah writes for other performers and specialist ‘new music’ ensembles. Her music has been performed in England, Poland, and The Netherlands; in the ‘Centre Stage’ concert series and the ‘Leeds Lieder+’ song festival; by Trio Layers, Notes Inégales, LSTwo ensemble, Discord, percussion ensembles of the Musikhochschule Freiburg and the University of Leeds, the Yorkshire Young Sinfonia, and others. In 2015, she was winner of the Yorkshire Young Sinfonia Composition Competition, and her composition Parallax Error (2014) for any four-string bowed instrument was selected for the 2015 Gaudeamus Muziekweek Academy in Utrecht, the Netherlands.
Dr Julia Zupancic
Julia's doctorate investigated the aesthetic discourses in post-war West Germany (1949–1961), focussing on the then widespread notion of a musical “progress”. Having studied at the Universities of Freiburg, Bristol and Munich, her thesis is supervised at LMU Munich, while, since 2014, she has been based in the UK as a Visiting Research Assistant at the University of Leeds. Her research interests include Music of the 19th and 20th centuries, Music and Aesthetics, Music History and Historiography, and Adorno. She is particularly interested in how musical phenomena, aesthetic thought, and cultural, social and political circumstances are interconnected.